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2013-01-07 06:03:38 PM
The man was amazing.  His childlike enthusiasm will be missed, even by cranky farks like me.
 
2013-01-07 06:04:49 PM

simsite9: The man was amazing.  His childlike enthusiasm will be missed, even by cranky farks like me.


Hear, hear

/RIP Huell
//you'll always be a part... of California's Gold
 
2013-01-07 06:22:41 PM
Huell Howser always seemed like the slightly retarded offspring of Harry Carey and some deeply southern woman. He also never let an interviewee finish a sentence.
 
2013-01-07 06:30:47 PM
He was an amazing storyteller.
 
2013-01-07 06:41:09 PM
That's terrible.  Huell was one of my favorite TV personalities, right up there with Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross.
 
2013-01-07 06:55:00 PM
I just hope this isn't also the end of Dana Gould's Huell impression.
 
2013-01-07 07:12:00 PM
Sad news, seemed like a good guy.
 
2013-01-07 07:18:09 PM
Well, gosh darn it.
 
2013-01-07 07:31:14 PM
Great man! He will be missed :(
 
2013-01-07 07:32:20 PM
Uh-huh, "natural causes".
 
2013-01-07 07:35:18 PM
I just now understood a YouTube parody I saw three years ago.
 
2013-01-07 07:40:42 PM
He will be missed.
 
2013-01-07 07:44:03 PM
Now these are called The Pearly Gates, and Peter here is gonna tell us a little more about them. Luis, get a shot of this...

/RIP
 
2013-01-07 07:44:20 PM
The man had a knack for finding some of the most obscure things in California and bringing them to light. Just wish that every state had someone like him and his folksy charm to show visitors and residents alike the wonders of where they live.
 
2013-01-07 07:47:11 PM
He was on my list of people I'd like to see punched in the face, but not dead. Anyone else remember the show he did at the border crossing where the BP guy warned him repeatedly of the seriousness of stepping over the line and he kept doing it anyway? Or the epic failure of the roadside diner episode? There was so much fail in that one it was awesome.
 
2013-01-07 07:50:25 PM

teeny: He was on my list of people I'd like to see punched in the face, but not dead. Anyone else remember the show he did at the border crossing where the BP guy warned him repeatedly of the seriousness of stepping over the line and he kept doing it anyway? Or the epic failure of the roadside diner episode? There was so much fail in that one it was awesome.



He only said nice things about you.
 
2013-01-07 07:54:06 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: Uh-huh, "natural causes".


Alarm bells are ringing.
 
2013-01-07 08:01:27 PM

StoPPeRmobile: B.L.Z. Bub: Uh-huh, "natural causes".

Alarm bells are ringing.


Palm Springs at 2:30am does seem a little fishy...
 
2013-01-07 08:12:29 PM
from this site :http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Huell-Howser-Death-Californi a- Gold-185922911.html

Ryan Morris, Howser's producer and long-time friend, confirmed he died Sunday night at home after a "long illness."

RIP all around great guy
 
2013-01-07 08:23:42 PM
Cool thing I read about this was someone saying he was the Mr Rogers for adults

RIP You will be missed
 
2013-01-07 09:08:16 PM

teeny: He was on my list of people I'd like to see punched in the face, but not dead. Anyone else remember the show he did at the border crossing where the BP guy warned him repeatedly of the seriousness of stepping over the line and he kept doing it anyway? Or the epic failure of the roadside diner episode? There was so much fail in that one it was awesome.


He only annoyed anal-retents who place more value in a line painted on the ground than the lives it interrupts.

But alas, simple people need simple rules to make them feel secure in a complex world. The rest of us get on with life and paint outside the lines.
 
2013-01-07 09:19:38 PM
Awwww, I loved Huell Howser. RIP

/ I always thought the little carrots I eat by the pound were a special breed or pulled out of the ground early.
// It blew my mind when California Gold showed the machine that whittles normal carrots into little ones.
/// CSB
 
2013-01-07 09:20:29 PM
He never did get to see Showgirls in its entirety.
 
2013-01-07 09:20:42 PM
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Inconsolable....
 
2013-01-07 09:26:59 PM
Watching his re-runs on Youtube now. Well, I was, then Bob Ross came on. "Little Happy Clouds"!
 
2013-01-07 09:37:05 PM
I met him once. I was a cynical person at the time and was completely overwhelmed by his charm. More enthusiasm than a cheer squad. He was exactly he was on TV only taller.
 
2013-01-07 09:46:36 PM
I don't believe it, crap.
Thanks Huell for many, many hours of fantastic television, you helped me discover numerous hidden treasures in California.
Sad day.
 
2013-01-07 09:53:18 PM
And yet, Burt Wolf lives on.
 
2013-01-07 10:05:42 PM
This is a pretty major blow to the Enigma Force Five. Jesse Ventura is probably inconsolable.
/Good night sweet crowbot
//Yes I enjoy the comedy bang bang podcast far too much.
 
2013-01-07 10:29:52 PM

limboslam: [i486.photobucket.com image 320x258]
Inconsolable....


I only knew of Huell Howser through Adam and Dana's impression. He'll be missed.
 
2013-01-07 10:50:55 PM

rbaron71: limboslam: [i486.photobucket.com image 320x258]
Inconsolable....

I only knew of Huell Howser through Adam and Dana's impression. He'll be missed.


Came for this. Yeah, I'd have no idea who he was without Huell's Jewels.
 
2013-01-07 11:47:36 PM
I am really, really sad.

I worked at KCET-TV from 2001-2010. Huell was the last person I spoke with the day I was laid off. He was very encouraging.

As another Farker noted, he was EXACTLY as he appeared on TV, a very friendly, outgoing guy who loved meeting people. Everyone at the station knew him; there was no way you could work there without encountering him.

/damn, I need more tissue
//Huell, you were one-of-a-kind. May you rest in peace.
 
2013-01-08 12:09:57 AM

floor: I met him once. I was a cynical person at the time and was completely overwhelmed by his charm. More enthusiasm than a cheer squad. He was exactly he was on TV only taller.


That's a real-life CSB right there. And glad to hear that he was as nice as I hoped he would be.

RIP dear sweet transplanted Tennessean who became a California treasure. Your warmth charm humor and all around goodness will be missed.

And

Lorelle: I am really, really sad.

I worked at KCET-TV from 2001-2010. Huell was the last person I spoke with the day I was laid off. He was very encouraging.

As another Farker noted, he was EXACTLY as he appeared on TV, a very friendly, outgoing guy who loved meeting people. Everyone at the station knew him; there was no way you could work there without encountering him.

/damn, I need more tissue
//Huell, you were one-of-a-kind. May you rest in peace.


I am sorry for the loss of someone you could call "friend."

And  I apologize in advance if I am mistaken but aren't you a horse person from Moorpark/Somis?
 
2013-01-08 12:15:41 AM
 
2013-01-08 12:32:41 AM

catzies: I am sorry for the loss of someone you could call "friend."

And  I apologize in advance if I am mistaken but aren't you a horse person from Moorpark/Somis?


Thanks. Not to sound corny, but he truly was an amazing guy.

No, I'm not a horse person from Moorpark...but I once owned a cat.:)

I was just chatting with a few former Cow Orkers on FB...we have some great memories of the guy. The first time he was parodied on The Simpsons (he was called Howell Huser), he was so tickled by it that he had one of his staffers get a tape of the episode (said staffer later hosted a viewing party in Huell's office, but Huell didn't attend). A few years later, he played himself on another episode of The Simpsons.

I worked on the first floor of the KCET admin building on Sunset Blvd. (now owned by Scientologists). When Huell was in town, which was about a couple of weeks each month, I frequently heard his loud, booming voice when he was waiting at the elevator (his office was on the 3rd floor). One day, not long after he had returned from filming in Australia, I heard him bellowing, "Yes, KANGAROO MEAT! You can buy it at the supermarkets there!" It took me a while to stop laughing.

One of my best memories of him was when he did a program called Mobile America (one of the few Huell programs that aired nationally). It was produced as a pledge program, and Huell filmed the pledge breaks on one of the soundstages at KCET. It was the only time I got to attend a taping of one of Huell's shows. Anyway, the decor included a vintage Airstream trailer. Huell had wanted a campfire, but of course that wasn't permitted, so somebody got a fake campfire that consisted of a pile of fake logs with red, orange, and yellow cellophane strips that were blown by a fan. Off-camera, Huell said, "That's the shiattiest campfire I've ever seen!" Well, it certainly was.

And I'm crying again...damn. He was quite a character.
 
2013-01-08 01:28:13 AM
Thank you Huell for great entertainment for more than 25 years. RIP Huell Howser.
 
2013-01-08 02:16:01 AM
I only know of Huell through Adam Carolla, but he seems like a good guy. RIP
 
2013-01-08 02:50:55 AM
I think I've been to about 6 different places he did on his show. The poppy fields are really neat. RIP
 
2013-01-08 05:15:16 AM

lohphat: teeny: He was on my list of people I'd like to see punched in the face, but not dead. Anyone else remember the show he did at the border crossing where the BP guy warned him repeatedly of the seriousness of stepping over the line and he kept doing it anyway? Or the epic failure of the roadside diner episode? There was so much fail in that one it was awesome.

He only annoyed anal-retents who place more value in a line painted on the ground than the lives it interrupts.

But alas, simple people need simple rules to make them feel secure in a complex world. The rest of us get on with life and paint outside the lines.


You could tell the agent was getting annoyed, and rightly so. His job is to protect that border, and there is no appropriate time to let your guard down and pretend to be all casual about it, particularly not when x amount of people are watching you on TV. But Huell, bless his heart, in his typical childlike enthusiasm, was too dense to pick up on the blatant hints that the agent had a stick up his ass about it.

I'm sure the guy had a heart of gold, and I'm not really as soulless as my post came across. mr. teeny liked to tease me about all the eye rolling I did whenever the show happened to be on. It got to be sort of a tradition; me rolling my eyes and making mean, sarcastic comments about how excited he would get about whatever he was talking about. The episode I mentioned before about the roadside diner was priceless. He tried pretty damned hard to come up with things to ask about, but every effing attempt fell flat. (not through any fault of his, though.) It starts when he gets out of his car and tries to speak with a local that sounds hilariously close to the guy from Joe Dirt that likes to see homos naked, and peaks when he points to a picture of Burt Lancaster hanging on the wall only to discover the owner had just picked it up at a garage sale or something.
 
2013-01-08 05:42:04 AM
Never heard Gould's impression, only James Adomian's. I hope this doesn't mean the end of it. Probably not, Cake Boss can still communicate with him.
 
2013-01-08 06:16:39 AM

teeny: You could tell the agent was getting annoyed, and rightly so. His job is to protect that border, and there is no appropriate time to let your guard down.


He was not the only guard on duty that day at a busy crossing. He was giving an interview. Huell stepping over a panted line had nothing to do with national security as he was in full view of the agent. This is not the border of North Korea.

Getting anal about a panted line in full view of an agent during a tv interview with a celebrity while the vast majority of our border is porous speaks volumes as to what's wrong with the ridiculous inability to prioritize. If it was that important then don't allow interview.

Crossing magic lines on the ground by a step are not a reason to crap your pants. That mentality is why we have the TSA goons "to protect America."
 
2013-01-08 06:39:46 AM
Glad to hear some fellow comedy bang bang fans are farkers.

Adam and huell watching showgirls is hilarious
 
2013-01-08 06:56:19 AM
Truly one of California's Gold ...

/ he was a classic, and you could tell he was a nice good-hearted guy.
// I mean no one could possibly fake his "Of Mice and Men" Lenny schtick.
 
2013-01-08 07:30:12 AM

lohphat: teeny: You could tell the agent was getting annoyed, and rightly so. His job is to protect that border, and there is no appropriate time to let your guard down.

He was not the only guard on duty that day at a busy crossing. He was giving an interview. Huell stepping over a panted line had nothing to do with national security as he was in full view of the agent. This is not the border of North Korea.

Getting anal about a panted line in full view of an agent during a tv interview with a celebrity while the vast majority of our border is porous speaks volumes as to what's wrong with the ridiculous inability to prioritize. If it was that important then don't allow interview.

Crossing magic lines on the ground by a step are not a reason to crap your pants. That mentality is why we have the TSA goons "to protect America."


Maybe the agent didn't want to appear lax on tv and then have to deal with a bajillionty dipshiat tourists. "LOOKY HERE, ETHEL! AH GOTS ONE FOOT IN AMURIKA 'N ONE FOOT IN MEXEECO! SHAZAM! Hey Mr. Border Patrol Guy, take my camera and get a shot of me with this feller over here sellin' tomales."

I don't know.

I'm not saying he should have acted like Huell was a security risk, but it was funny watching him try to explain the importance of the rules and have Huell blurt out like a retarded kid. "REALLY? So if I even go over the line ONE inch like THIS...."
 
2013-01-08 07:33:55 AM
Despite this being Fark and all, I still feel kinda douchey about making fun of a guy that a lot of people are saying was a super nice guy.

Sorry. I'll save my snark for a more deserving target. Carry on.
 
2013-01-08 08:49:18 AM

teeny:
I'm not saying he should have acted like Huell was a security risk, but it was funny watching him try to explain the importance of the rules and have Huell blurt out like a retarded kid. "REALLY? So if I even go over the line ONE inch like THIS...."


I wonder if it had something to do with he fact Huell was a former Marine.
 
2013-01-08 09:10:47 AM
I haven't heard it yet, but I believe Adam Carolla pays tribute to Huell Howser on today's podcast.
 
2013-01-08 09:17:35 AM

Lorelle: catzies: I am sorry for the loss of someone you could call "friend."

And  I apologize in advance if I am mistaken but aren't you a horse person from Moorpark/Somis?

Thanks. Not to sound corny, but he truly was an amazing guy.

No, I'm not a horse person from Moorpark...but I once owned a cat.:)

I was just chatting with a few former Cow Orkers on FB...we have some great memories of the guy. The first time he was parodied on The Simpsons (he was called Howell Huser), he was so tickled by it that he had one of his staffers get a tape of the episode (said staffer later hosted a viewing party in Huell's office, but Huell didn't attend). A few years later, he played himself on another episode of The Simpsons.

I worked on the first floor of the KCET admin building on Sunset Blvd. (now owned by Scientologists). When Huell was in town, which was about a couple of weeks each month, I frequently heard his loud, booming voice when he was waiting at the elevator (his office was on the 3rd floor). One day, not long after he had returned from filming in Australia, I heard him bellowing, "Yes, KANGAROO MEAT! You can buy it at the supermarkets there!" It took me a while to stop laughing.

One of my best memories of him was when he did a program called Mobile America (one of the few Huell programs that aired nationally). It was produced as a pledge program, and Huell filmed the pledge breaks on one of the soundstages at KCET. It was the only time I got to attend a taping of one of Huell's shows. Anyway, the decor included a vintage Airstream trailer. Huell had wanted a campfire, but of course that wasn't permitted, so somebody got a fake campfire that consisted of a pile of fake logs with red, orange, and yellow cellophane strips that were blown by a fan. Off-camera, Huell said, "That's the shiattiest campfire I've ever seen!" Well, it certainly was.

And I'm crying again...damn. He was quite a character.


Feeling a bit shell-shocked myself here. I grew up watching California's Gold, and I always thought he was nifty.

I had the privilege of working with him on a couple different projects at my last job at the local history museum, when he needed photos from our archives. He could have just had someone else take care of the photo requests, but he insisted on calling it in and requesting the archive time himself - he'd done an episode of California's Gold at the museum when I was still in elementary school, and since a lot of the same volunteers were still around he wanted to say hi. Even came down once and sifted through photos along with a production assistant and our archives team. The guy was a class act.
 
2013-01-08 11:29:05 AM
I loved the shows showing so many great places in California. But I disliked how he did his show like he was talking to a bunch of 2nd graders.
 
2013-01-08 01:26:36 PM

Errk: I loved the shows showing so many great places in California. But I disliked how he did his show like he was talking to a bunch of 2nd graders.


Are you farking crazy? That was the best.
 
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